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I read Smoky Mountain Dreams for the first time three years ago and I fell in love with it and has remained one of my favorite books ever since, so of course, I was going to jump at the chance of listening to it.
Let me tell you, if I loved it the first time around, finding it "a fantastic, emotional rollercoaster read!", I absolutely adored it this time around, too.
I cried, I laughed, I drooled over the fabulous sex scenes (especially the one in Jesse's workshop office, damn I'm never going to look at pearls the same way again!), but above all, I fell in love with Jesse and Christopher, with Brigid and Will, with Jackie and Joe and their children, with Christopher's gran and even with Gareth! They were all such well-rounded, tridimensional characters, with good and bad things and everything in between, making them so much more realistic to me.
Christopher was definitely my favorite character. He was so loyal and loving, only wanting someone to really see him and love him because of who he was, always willing to forgive, and be second-choice, which broke my heart several times. I'm so happy Jesse could give him what he needed in every sense, to be part of a family.
"Life's too short to waste it arguing about whether or not you're sorry enough for something I damn well know you're sorry for." That has to be one of my favorite quotes from the book and I think it shows a lot of Christopher's character. Even when Jesse messed up (several times, I might add), he was always willing to listen and forgive, perhaps not quite forget, but he tried to understand Jesse's motives.
I loved Jesse, even if he could be selfish and I wanted to throat punch him at one time, at least he actually realized he'd messed up (with some help from Amanda and Gareth) and made up for it, putting Christopher first when he needed him the most.
The chemistry between Jesse and Christopher and the progression of their relationship as they fall in love, was natural and organic and their love transcended the pages.
John Solo did a fantastic job with the narration, perhaps the kids' voices could have been a bit better, but it was still very enjoyable. He has a lovely tone of voice and he managed to inject it with the appropriate amount of emotion during all the scenes to translate Leta Blake's words to audio. One thing, though, if you're listening to the last, say, 4 or 5 chapters while driving, you might start crying so beware. Other than that, it was as perfect as the book. Highly recommendable!
Story: 5+ Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars
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I read this book a week or so ago, and I promised I will write it review when I will listen to this book again because I couldn't contain and explain all my emotions.
how could I? this book is incredible! marvelous! unbelievable! and maybe even undescribable!!! you may think I'm exaggerating' but believe me and I read a lot of males and males books...but this book it's not a simple romance book .no, it's much more!
the feelings are in every step, in every breathing, in every syllable.
the words are flying and touching your soul... you can feel the understanding, the love, the excruciating pain of each and every character. even the annoying characters had their own feelings , they're on truth, and their own beliefs.
I felt like I was part of this book I didn't just heard or read a story... no it was just undescribable.
you may think I keep pronouncing the same words , but believe me I'm not !I'm truly fascinated...
The lyrics of the songs we're so pretty the kids we're so sweet and so mature for their ages...
the main couple oh I can't describe how sweet and indulging and in love they were...
PS the steamy parts we're definitely very very stimmy!!!
John solo was amazing I could feel every move they made, every breath they took!! and every freakin moan... I think this is the best book I read and heard this year I truly hope I could hear much more books from this genius author and from this amazing narrator 😍😍😍
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